Annaiz is a recent UNR graduate with a degree in art history. Sal is a student at TMCC. They both grew up in Mexican families in Reno, and they have very different stories about how art became part of their lives.  

Anaiz and Sal are a couple, and they’re also artistic collaborators. They run Savior Studios, which started out as a clothing brand and evolved into a platform for their own writing, artwork and curating efforts. They organized a recent show at the Holland Project, Bienvenidos a la Wells, that looked at how ChicanX culture and imagery influence young artists. We recorded this conversation in December, when it was still on view.

Listen: Episode 19, Annaiz Ramirez + Sal Barajas-Alvarez

Photos from Bienvenidos a la Wells at the Holland Project, Dec. 14-Jan. 21

A photo installation by Luis Hernandez includes “Hadita,” “Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla,” and “Melting Memories into Teardrops,” all made in 2021.

“Urn” by Jacquelyn Rodriguez, 2021

Untitled paintings by Cesar Lopez

Paintings by Jasmine “Jasquedez” Allam from the Moving Forward Series, 2021

This bike, “Midnight Illusions,” from the Viejitos Bike Club, Reno Chapter is owned by Crazy George Luna. Paint by Blue Arm Customs. Body Work by Leo Martinez. Make: 1975 Schwinn Stingray.

Photos: Kris Vagner

This episode of the Double Scoop Podcast received support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.